Friday 11 Jul

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”

Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
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Needle points

Jenn Scott March 21st, 2012

If you’re listening to your favorite music, you’re likely in your happy place, too. It’s important to stay loyal to your roots.

Who cares if you can list 10 bands named for odd animals and random fruit? I sure don’t. The point is, it’s imperative you let your musical tastes reflect what makes you happy, the stuff that makes you hum along or tap your toe.

For example, I unabashedly love pop music — especially the ultra-tacky and clubby Euro-pop kind. On the other hand, I also have a deep admiration for jazz, namely modern innovators. I tend to find things I like in between those genres, too, no matter the band name or level of obscurity.

Something that always enhances the experience of my favorite albums — and we’re talking vinyl here — is the sound a needle makes when it drops on to the record to begin its journey around and around to produce my favorite tunes.

It’s a multifaceted pleasure that begins with the rare find in a secondhand record shop, and culminates in the best part: listening and enjoyment.

right Guestroom Records at 3701 N. Western

Try out these local shops to sift through a plethora of music from a host of decades and genres.

Guestroom Records (3701 N. Western; 601-3859) now has three metro locations, and all are packed of your favorite jams from yesteryear to the new Young Magic album.

At the store on Western, make sure you pay adequate attention to the shop kitty. He’s fluffy and friendly, and obviously the guard.

While you’re in the area, stop into Size Records (8915 N. Western; 607- 4805). Can’t make it in as frequently as you’d like? The store staff updates its Facebook page with new arrivals.

Keep Guestroom and Size in mind for Record Store Day on April 21. Special, limited-edition vinyl and CD releases will be available that Saturday, as well as other fun, music-related events and possible live shows.

If you are in need a starter record player or if your beloved turntable needs some work or if you’re simply a fan of jazz, you should visit Charlie at Charlie’s Jazz-Rhythm and Blues (5114 Classen Circle; 843-6902). Tucked next to the Classen Grill and across the street from Edna’s, this little shop has been jamming since the late ’80s.

Whether rock or rap, country or classical, fill up your collection with records that make you smile. Let’s shop, OKC!

Photo by Hannah Colclazier

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